When a death of a loved on occurs, it is an emotional period where important decisions must be made during a time of enormous personal stress.
If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone about arrangements, you can contact us here. Below is some information to help you understand some of the processes more clearly.
What do to when a death occurs:
Whether the death of a loved one was expected or sudden, it can be a huge shock to the system. If the death was unexpected, you must inform the Gardai and the Coroner. Otherwise you may contact us and we will ask you a series of simple questions to get more details on the death. We can make arrangements for you or if applicable, make a house call to do so.
How to plan the funeral:
While we are here to help you with the arduous duties involved with funeral planning, there are a number of things you and the rest of the bereaved must agree on. For example, deciding on location and date of funeral, whether the deceased will be on view, what kind of coffin is appropriate, content for the death notice, content for church service, etc. Our team are available to offer their expert advice on all these matters.
The cost of a funeral is dependent on many varying factors. The bill can be broken down into two parts, funeral director costs and disbursements.
Funeral Director costs include the coffin, transportation, care and removal of the deceased, professional services, etc.
Disbursements involve payment to third parties on your behalf, such as florists, funeral singers, church services, cemeteries, etc.
The cost of the funeral will also depend on the type of service you wish to have and whether you desire a burial or cremation for your loved one. If you have a strict budget, we will gladly discuss your options with you.
Financial aid for funerals:
You may need financial help following the death of a loved one. The Department of Social Protection offers financial aid to families suffering financial difficulty during this tough time. Furthermore, if your spouse passed away and you have children living with you who are under the age of 18, you may be entitled to a €6000 funeral grant. To avail of this grant, you can fill in the relevant forms which we stock in our funeral home.
Help coping with bereavement:
Dealing with the death of a loved one can be extremely emotional and difficult. You may experience disbelief, shock, anger, guilt, anxiety and depression.
The Citizens Information board offer a helpful and extensive bereavement guide on their website, along with information on bereavement counselling and support services.
The death of a loved one can be a particularly distressing and confusing time for a child. Barnardos offer a counselling service for children who are dealing with the death of someone close to them.